el velador
-the nightstand
See the entry for velador.


This word is used as a feminine noun in Mexico and Uruguay, and as a masculine noun in Argentina, Bolivia and Paraguay, in the sense shown in 4).
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
masculine noun
1. (small table by the bed)
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
a. nightstand
Tomé un poco de agua del vaso que había en el velador.I had a drink of water from the glass on the nightstand.
b. bedside table
Tengo una pila de libros en el velador que todavía no leí.I have a pile of books on my bedside table that I've yet to read.
c. night table
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
Guardo crema de manos en el velador para dármela antes de meterme en la cama.I keep some hand cream on the night table so I can put it on before I get into bed.
2. (table with one leg)
a. pedestal table
En un velador al lado del sofá había una licorera con whisky y dos vasos.On a mahogany pedestal table by the sofa was a decanter of whiskey and two glasses.
This means that the noun can be masculine or feminine, depending on the gender of person it refers to (e.g. el doctor, la doctora).
masculine or feminine noun
3. (keeper)
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
a. watchman (masculine)
La urbanización tiene dos veladores que cuidan que estemos seguros.The housing development has two watchmen who ensure that we are safe.
b. watchwoman (feminine)
En 1972, una planta automotriz contrató por primera vez una veladora.An auto plant employed a watchwoman for the first time in 1972.
c. guard
El velador se ocupa de que no entre gente sospechosa en el edificio.The guard is responsible for making sure no suspicious people enter the building.
4. (night light)
Regionalism used in Mexico
(Southern Cone)
a. bedside lamp
¿Puedes apagar el velador para que pueda dormir?Can you turn off the bedside lamp so I can go to sleep?
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A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (mesa)
a. pedestal table
2. (mesilla de noche)
a. bedside table
3. (lámpara)
a. bedside lamp
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1 (mesa) pedestal table; (Latinoamérica) (mesita) bedside table; night table; (EEUU)
2 (para velas) candlestick
3 (S. Cone) (lámpara) night light
4 (México) (pantalla) lampshade
5 (vigilante) watchman; caretaker; (Hist) sentinel
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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